Leslie Griffith

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Leslie Ray Griffith (January 1, 1956-August 10, 2022) was a writer and journalist who began her career in the newspaper business for the Associated Press and The Denver Post. She spent the next 25 years as a television journalist including as news anchor at KTVU.

For 22 years, Griffith was a general assignment reporter and main anchor for the Original Ten O'clock News on KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] For nine of those years she was sole anchor of the weekend news. On her 25th birthday, she was in Moscow reporting on the Cold War.

Since leaving KTVU in 2006,[2] she has written for many online publications, including The Huffington Post,[3] and the San Francisco Chronicle[4]

She has been concerned with the problem of tuberculosis in circus elephants for many years. See her 2007 article in Truth-Out.org, "The Elephant in the Room" [5] More recently, she has been involved in making the movie When Giants Fall.[6]

In 2005, she developed the Leslie R. Griffith Woman of Courage Scholarship to help young women.[7]

She had a small part as a TV anchor in the 1999 movie, True Crime.[8]

She lived in Berkeley, California and had two children.

She died on August 10, 2022 in Lake Chapala, Mexico. [9]


  • Casey Award for "Candy Kids" with Roland De Wolk at KTVU, 1998.[10] (Search for "TV: Short Form" and "1998")
  • Emmy for Election Night coverage with KTVU News, 2001.[11]
  • Emmy for "My 20th Century: The Battle for California" for KTVU, 2001.[12]
  • Emmy for On Camera News Anchor, 2002.[13]
  • Emmy for "Lost Children of Romania" with KTVU, 2003.[14]
  • Genesis Award for KTVU's Ten O'Clock News "Circus Elephants" feature on the treatment of circus elephants at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, 2004.[15]
  • APTRA Award for Best Anchor, 2005.[16]


  1. ^ "Leslie Griffith resigns at KTVU". 17 November 2006.
  2. ^ The Monthly: BROADCAST BLUES. November 2008.
  3. ^ The Huffington Post: Leslie Griffith
  4. ^ Columbia Journalism Review: Notables at the Chronicle.
  5. ^ The Elephant in the Room
  6. ^ When Giants Fall When Giants Fall
  7. ^ Woman of Courage Scholarship
  8. ^ Internet Movie Database: True Crime
  9. ^ Longtime KTVU anchor and reporter Leslie Griffith dies
  10. ^ 1998 Casey Award Archived 2008-12-02 at the Wayback Machine "Candy Kids" (Search for "TV: Short Form" and "1998")
  11. ^ 2001 Emmy - ON CAMERA NEWS - ANCHORS Archived 2010-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Election Night News KTVU
  12. ^ 2001 Emmy - CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM Archived 2010-09-26 at the Wayback Machine My 20th Century: The Battle for California with Leslie Donaldson, Producer; Leslie Griffith, Anchor; Faith Fancher, Diane Guerrazzi, Bob MacKenzie, Reporters; Steve Shilsky, Editor
  13. ^ 2002 Emmy ON CAMERA NEWS - ANCHORS[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ 2003 Emmy - SERIOUS NEWS FEATURE-SERIES[permanent dead link] Lost Children of Romania KTVU
  15. ^ Diablo Magazine report on Genesis winners
  16. ^ 2005 APTRA - BEST ANCHOR, OR ANCHOR TEAM Archived 2010-04-22 at the Wayback Machine

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